1724 – Marc-Joseph Marion du Fresne the French explorer was born on the 22nd May 1724 (died 1772).
1733 – Hubert Robert the French artist was born on the 22nd May 1733 (died 1808).
1807 – Most of the English town of Chudleigh was destroyed by fire on the 22nd May 1807.
1813 – Richard Wagner the German composer was born on the 22nd May 1813 (died 1883).
1819 – The SS Savannah left port at Savannah, Georgia, United States on the 22nd May 1819, on a voyage to become the 1st steamship to cross the Atlantic Ocean. The ship arrived at Liverpool, England on June 20 1819.
1826 – HMS Beagle departed on its 1st voyage on the 22nd May 1826.
1844 – Mary Cassatt the American artist was born on the 22nd May 1844 (died 1926).
1864 – Willy Stöwer the German artist was born on the 22nd May 1864 (died 1931).
1907 – Hergé the Belgian writer and artist was born on the 22nd May 1907 (died 1983). Hergé was the pen name of Georges Prosper Remi, best known for The Adventures of Tintin comic book series, which he wrote and illustrated from 1929 until he died in 1983.
1907 – Laurence Olivier the English actor was born on the 22nd May 1907 (died 1989).
1936 – M. Scott Peck the American psychiatrist and writer was born on the 22nd May 1936 (died 2005).
1950 – Bernie Taupin the English singer-songwriter and poet was born on the 22nd May 1950.
1957 – Gary Sweet the Australian actor was born on the 22nd May 1957.
1958 – Denise Welch the English actress was born on the 22nd May 1958.
1961 – An earthquake rocked New South Wales on the 22nd May 1961..
1962 – Continental Airlines Flight 11 crashed after bombs exploded on board on the 22nd May 1962.
1970 – Naomi Campbell the English model and actress was born on the 22nd May 1970.
1972 – Alison Eastwood the American actress and model was born on the 22nd May 1972.
1978 ~ Katie Price (previously known as Jordan) the English media personality, reality TV star, author, former glamour model and businesswoman was born on the 22nd May 1978. Katie Price was originally a topless Page Three female glamour model in The Sun newspaper, before expanding into television, books, fashion and music. Katie Price was once married to Australian singer Peter Andre from 2005 to 2009. Katie Price’s official website: www.KatiePrice.co.uk | Facebook: www.facebook.com/KatiePrice | verified Twitter: www.Twitter.com/MissKatiePrice
1982 – Apolo Anton Ohno the American speed skater was born on the 22nd May 1982.
1998 – Lewinsky scandal: a federal judge ruled that United States Secret Service agents could be compelled to testify before a grand jury on the 22nd May 1998, concerning the scandal, involving President Bill Clinton.
2011 – An EF5 tornado struck Joplin, Missouri on the 22nd May 2011, killing 162 people and wreaking $2.8 billion worth in damage, becoming the costliest and 7th deadliest single tornado in U.S. history.
2012 ~ The FALCON 9 launched the first commercial flight to space, with a cargo delivery to a space station by a private company on the 22nd day of May in 2012. The Falcon rocket was topped by an unmanned Dragon freight capsule, when it lifted clear of its Florida pad at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at 03:44 EDT (07:44 GMT; 08:44 BST). The launch system has been built by California-based firm SpaceX. See Nasa’s news: SpaceX Launches Falcon 9/Dragon on Historic Mission
2012 ~ JAMES DOOHAN the Star Trek legend best known as Montgomery “Scotty” Scott was beamed up to space on the 22nd day of May in 2012. His ashes were blasted into space aboard the Falcon 9 Rocket (as seen above), the first commercial rocket launched into the space, along with Mercury astronaut Gordon Cooper, and more than 300 other hardcore space fans. James Doohan died in 2005 at the age of 85, and the first attempt to send his ashes into the orbit in 2008 was unsuccessful after the rocket carrying them failed.
Today in History for May 22nd ~ video presented by the Associated Press…